New School Food Peddler – The Magic Curry Kart


“A what?” she asks.
“A curry cart. A magic one.” I reply matter-of-factly.
“What’s that?” 

 “It’s this dude who makes curry out of a cart!”
“It depends. He goes to different locations and Tweets his whereabouts.”

“He posts on Twitter and tells people where he’s going to be!”
“What’s a Twitter?”

After that ordeal, we headed to the Mission to track him down according to his Twitter update. It was our first time so I wasn’t sure what to expect. We stood on the corner for a few minutes and began to think he pulled a fast one on us. We noticed some commotion down the street and decided to check it out, lo and behold, there was the Magic Curry Kart being set up. Being one of the first ones there, we added our names to the clipboard and waited patiently while the Magic Curry Man continued to set up and prepare. 

He uses fresh ingredients, all efficiently prepared in advance. Meat, tofu, and vegetables are all precut and rice is already piping hot in a giant rice cooker under the cart. He then adds all the necessary ingredients, including the curry paste, spices, and coconut milk before adding the meat or tofu and vegetables. There are two curries available, red or green with either chicken or tofu. We tried both.

The night we went, he was at the dead end of 19th and Linda, which happens to be right outside where he lives. This allowed him to set up a 3rd station with an extra burner, which proved to be useful because there was quite a large group waiting to try the curry. Our wait was only about ten minutes, but I’m sure those at the bottom of the list ended up waiting a bit longer. Thankfully, the curry is worth the wait. There’s nothing better than watching your meal being prepared and cooked fresh right in front of you, it just made the whole experience that much more satisfying. 

It is served over a bed of hot, fluffy rice in a to go container. The portion is a satisfying size, as it filled me up pretty well. Though I could have definitely eaten more, only because it was that good. The curry had a lot of flavor and just the right amount of heat, but I think next time I’ll ask him to throw in some chili paste over the top, I love my food spicy! At $5 each, it won’t break the bank and it will leave you satisfied and sailivating for more. 

“Now we have to try the Creme Brulee Cart!” I said after devouring my curry.
“There’s a Creme Brulee Cart!?” she exclaimed.

Creme Brulee Cart feature to follow, check back soon. You can follow the Magic Curry Kart on Twitter at @magiccurrykart to stay up to date with his whereabouts, and don’t forget to follow me at @genejo!

Also check out:
Street Food Redefined – The Creme Brulee Cart 
The Legend of the Bacon Hot Dog Cart  
Curry Without Worry in Civic Center 



10 Responses to “New School Food Peddler – The Magic Curry Kart”

  1. 1 Mai

    Hey, that’s me in the red sweater handing the clipboard over. Great play-by-play of how the Magic Curry Kart works. When my friend first went, she thought a fast one was being pulled too, her friends had left and she thought she’d just wait for me. She said that she was glad that she did. Thanks for promoting the cart, I dream of an SF with many different street food options. Hopefully this is only the start.

  2. Hey Mai, thanks for checking out the blog and glad to give you and your red sweater some exposure 🙂

    The SF street food scene is really starting to take off, due in part to the Magic Curry Kart!

  3. 3 Jacob

    We have the Magic Mexican Ice Cream Kart in San Leandro. /facepalm

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